Transcript: What Next: Career Aspirations | Feb 26, 1988

The scene opens with a map of the United States and Canada against a blue background. Colourful copies of the map twirl across the screen in rapid succession and lay on top of the original. A random assortment of States and Provinces are highlighted.

Narrator says THE FOLLOWING
COOPERATIVE PROJECT
IS SUPPORTED BY STATE
AND PROVINCIAL AGENCIES
WORKING THROUGH
THE AGENCY
FOR INSTRUCTIONAL
TELEVISION.

A black slate appears. It reads "On the Level."

The scene changes to two men walking at night into a store that reads "Rood’s Pastry Shop." The title of the episode reads "What Next? Career Aspirations."

The men don aprons and chef hats and begin to power up the machines. They place flour on the counter top and begin to kneed and bake a variety of breads and pastries. The older baker pauses from his work and grabs his stomach with a look of discomfort. He is in his fifties, clean-shaven, with thin brown hair. The Sam looks concerned. He is in his late teens, clean-shaven, with thick, wavy brown hair.
The pastry chefs continue with their routine until the Old Baker grabs his stomach again.

Sam says YOUR STOMACH?
YEAH.

They continue the baking process. The Sam removes a pan of fresh bread from the oven.

He calls out
EVERYTHING'S OUT!

The scene changes to the front of the store. It is daylight. A young man is outside the store and taps on the glass. He is in his late teens, shorter than average, clean-shaven, with short black hair. He enters the shop. A bell rings.

Sam says I'LL BE WITH
YOU IN A MINUTE.

Harvey says PEACH STRUDEL!

Old Baker says ONE SLICE!
OKAY?
YOU'RE GETTING
TO LOOK LIKE ME.

Harvey picks up a piece of strudel and eats it. His face turns into a smile.
[laughing]
UH-UH.

Harvey looks at another tray of pastries and says A DANISH,
ONE MEASLY LITTLE,
INSIGNIFICANT
DANISH.

Old Baker says ALRIGHT.

Sam says I TOLD YOU I
WASN'T COMING IN
THIS AFTERNOON,
RIGHT?

Old Baker says YEAH, YEAH, YEAH.
THE VOCATIONAL
GUIDANCE MAN,
YOU TOLD ME.
IT'S NOT ENOUGH YOU
LEARN TO READ AND WRITE,
NOW YOU'VE GOT
TO BE GUIDED!

Harvey says IT AIN'T SO BAD.
I GOT GUIDED
LAST WEEK.

Old Baker says AND?
YOU GOOD FOR
ANYTHING?

Harvey says TOO MANY THINGS,
IT'S TERRIBLE.

Sam says IF YOUR STOMACH
STARTS ACTING UP
JUST LET ME KNOW
ABOUT IT, OKAY?
I COULD SEE THIS
GUY SOME OTHER TIME.

Old Baker says MY STOMACH'S
NOT SO BAD.
BUT I DON'T KNOW WHY YOU
WANT TO WASTE YOUR TIME
TALKING TO THAT MAN!

Music plays as the Sam and man walk out the store.

While walking down the street, Harvey asks
HOW COME YOU DON'T WANT
TO BE A PASTRY CHEF?

Sam says I DON'T KNOW,
I JUST DON'T.

Harvey says BUT IT'S SUCH
A NEAT JOB.
ALL THAT FOOD!

Sam says BIG DEAL.

Harvey says PLUS YOU GET TO BE
YOUR OWN BOSS.

Young Chef says YEAH, AND END UP LIKE
MY DAD WITH AN ULCER!

Music plays as fast clips of passersby and store fronts flash across the screen.

Sam says THERE ARE SO
MANY THINGS TO DO
BESIDES BAKING.

Harvey says OH, YEAH?
HOW'D YOU LIKE TO
HAVE TO CHOOSE
AMONG ALL OF THEM?

Sam says I'D LOVE IT.

Harvey
YOU'RE CRAZY.
IT'S GOT ME
SO ZONKED
I CAN'T EAT
SECONDS ANYMORE.

Sam says TOO MANY THINGS
ARE AS BAD AS NONE?

The scene changes to Sam and Harvey walking into school. They approach their lockers.

Sam says STOP COMPLAINING,
HARVEY.
YOU COULD
PROBABLY WALK IN
JUST ABOUT ANY
PLACE AND GET A JOB.

Harvey says BUT THAT'S
JUST IT, SAM,
THAT'S WHY I'M
SO CONFUSED.

Sam says WHY?
JUST PICK SOMETHING
THAT YOU LIKE TO DO
AND YOU'RE GOOD AT.
ISN'T THAT WHAT THE
COUNSELLOR TOLD YOU TO DO?

Harvey says I'VE DONE A
LOT OF THINGS
HE TOLD ME
TO DO, SAM.
I READ A BUNCH OF BOOKS,
I TALKED TO PEOPLE,
I TOOK TESTS, I EVEN
MADE UP LISTS OF THINGS
I THOUGHT I'D
BE GOOD AT!

Sam says WELL, YOU SHOULD BE
IN GOOD SHAPE THEN.

Harvey says BUT I'M STILL
CONFUSED.
LOOK, I KNOW I'M
GOOD AT THINGS
THAT HAVE TO DO
WITH PEOPLE.
DO YOU REALIZE
HOW MANY THINGS
THAT COULD BE, SAM?

Sam says LOOK, HARVEY, I'M
REALLY IN A HURRY,
I'M GOING TO BE
LATE FOR CLASS.

The scene changes to Sam sitting in front of his guidance counselor. He is in his thirties, clean-shaven, with balding brown hair. He is wearing a peach and blue checkered shirt.

The counselor says WELL, YOU'VE GOT
TWO CHOICES, SAM.
ONE, YOU CAN TELL
YOUR FATHER
THAT YOU DON'T
WANT TO BE A BAKER
AND TRY TO WORK IT
OUT WITH HIM.

Sam says I CAN'T DO THAT.
HE HAS TOO MANY
HOPES TIED UP IN ME.
THE MEN IN OUR FAMILY
HAVE BEEN PASTRY CHEFS
FOR THREE GENERATIONS.

Guidance Counselor says THEN YOUR SECOND
CHOICE IS TO STAY ON
DOING WHAT YOU'RE GOOD
AT UNTIL SUCH TIME
AS YOU KNOW WHAT
ELSE YOU WANNA DO.

Sam says WELL, THAT'S WHAT
I'M DOING NOW.

Guidance Counselor says BUT IF YOU KEEP YOUR
MIND OPEN, SAM,
ONE DAY YOU'LL KNOW
WHAT YOU WANNA DO.
REMEMBER, YOU HAVE YOUR
WHOLE LIFE AHEAD OF YOU,
PLENTY OF TIME TO
CHANGE YOUR MIND
AND YOUR CAREER.

Sam says WELL, THANKS.
I'LL HAVE TO
THINK ABOUT IT.

He walks out of the office and shakes his counselor’s hand. A young girl is seated at a table.

Sam says THANKS AGAIN.

Guidance Counselor says COME AND SEE ME
ANYTIME.
OKAY.
BYE-BYE.

Sam walks off.

Guidance Counselor says HI, SHARON,
COME ON IN.

The scene changes to Harvey and Sam next to Sam’s dad in the pastry shop. Pop is holding onto his stomach.

Sam says LOOK, POP, I'M
TAKING YOU HOME.
GET HIS COAT,
WILL YA, HARV?

Harvey goes into the back and grabs a grey coat.

Pop asks
WHAT ABOUT
THE STORE?
TRY YOUR
MOM AGAIN.

Sam says HARVEY WILL TAKE CARE
OF THE FRONT COUNTER
UNTIL I GET
BACK, RIGHT?

Harvey looks at the pastries in the shop and says RIGHT.

Sam says I'LL BE ABOUT
AN HOUR.

Harvey says TAKE YOUR TIME.

He smiles and grabs hold of a pastry.
The scene changes to Pop being helped into bed by his wife.

Mom says YOU NEED REST,
STEFAN, YOU KNOW IT.

Pop says SO, I KNOW IT,
SO WHAT?
WHO'S GOING TO
RUN THE SHOP
UNTIL SAM
GRADUATES, HUH?
ANSWER ME THAT.

Sam says I'VE GOT SPRING
BREAK COMING UP.

Mom says YOU'LL HAVE TO GET A
HELPER, THAT'S ALL.

Pop says BUT WHO?

Mom says BUT NOTHING.
THE DOCTOR SAID YOU STAY
IN BED FOR TWO WEEKS.
YOU'RE GOING TO STAY
IN BED FOR TWO WEEKS!

Sam says SHE'S RIGHT, POP.

Mom says YOU TALK TO
HIM, SAM.
HE DOESN'T
LISTEN TO ME.

She leaves the room.

Pop says FIND ME A CIGARETTE,
SAM, QUICK.

Sam sits on the bed and says DOCTOR'S ORDERS.
RELAX, POP.
I'LL TAKE CARE
OF EVERYTHING.

Pop says I KNOW YOU WILL.
YOU'RE A GOOD
BOY, SAM.
JUST DON'T HIRE NO
SCHNOOKS, OKAY?

Sam says OKAY.

Pop says MAYBE JOE WHAT'S
HIS NAME?
PADONIA.
TRY HIM FIRST.

Sam says JUST LEAVE IT
TO ME, OKAY?
YOU REST AND
STOP WORRYING.

Pop says I DON'T KNOW WHAT WE'D
DO WITHOUT YOU, SAM.

Sam says NEITHER DO I.

The scene changes to Harvey helping a customer at the pastry shop.

Harvey says AND 45 CENTS
CHANGE.

The old lady says OH, THANK YOU.

She turns to leave.

Harvey calls out
OH, DON'T FORGET
YOUR CAKE.

The old lady chuckles and says THANK YOU.

Sam enters the shop. The bell jingles.

Sam opens the door for the old lady.

She says HE'S SUCH A
NICE YOUNG MAN.
THANK YOU.
[shop bell rings]

Harvey approaches Sam and says HOW'S YOUR DAD?

Sam smiles and says COME ON INTO
THE BACK.
I WANT TO TALK TO
YOU ABOUT SOMETHING.

Now, the two friends are in the back room.

Harvey looks unsure and says ME?
A PASTRY CHEF?

Sam exclaims
SURE!
I CAN TEACH YOU.

Harvey says I DON'T KNOW, SAM.
I'M NOT REALLY GOOD
WITH MY HANDS.
YOU'D HAVE TO BE REALLY
GOOD WITH YOUR HANDS.

Sam says THERE'S NOTHING
TO IT, HARV.

Harvey says WELL, IT SOUNDS
GOOD BUT...
COULD YOU TEACH
ME ECLAIRS?

Sam’s eyes widen as he says ECLAIRS, DONUTS,
NAPOLEONS, CAKES,
DANISH, STRUDEL,
YOU NAME IT!

Harvey exclaims
WOW.

Sam says JUST YOU AND
ME, HARV.
EVERY MORNING.
THINK OF THE SMELLS.

Harvey looks thoughtful and says
HMM.

Sam says THINK OF THE TASTE.

Harvey licks his lips and says MMM.
WAIT A SECOND.
WHAT'S IN THIS
FOR YOU?

Sam says NOTHING.
JUST THE TWO OF US
HAVING A GOOD OLD TIME.

Harvey says WHAT HAPPENS WHEN
YOUR DAD COMES BACK?

Sam says
YOU REALLY
WANT TO KNOW?

Harvey says HE CHOPS ME INTO
MINCED MEAT.

Sam says WRONG.
HE HIRES YOU TO
TAKE MY PLACE.

Harvey says VERY CLEVER.
IT'LL NEVER WORK.

Sam says WELL, YOU HAVE TO ADMIT,
IT'LL BE EASIER FOR HIM
IF HE HAS SOMEONE HERE
THAT HE CAN TRUST.
IF I EVER GET
UP ENOUGH NERVE
TO TELL HIM I DON'T
WANT TO BE A BAKER.

Harvey says HE THINKS I'M
A NITWIT.

Sam encouragingly says WELL, NOW'S YOUR CHANCE
TO PROVE THAT YOU'RE NOT.
COME ON, HARV!
WHAT DO YOU SAY?

Harvey says WHEN DO WE START?

Sam says 3 A.M., I'LL
PICK YOU UP.

Harvey exclaims
3 A.M.?!

Music plays. The scene changes to the early morning. Sam pulls up to the pastry chef with Harvey half-asleep in the passenger seat.

Sam says WAKE UP, HARV!

Harvey leans up against the store front.

Sam enthusiastically says TIME TO GO TO
WORK, HARV.

He opens the door and Harvey stumbles in after.
A moment later, the two friends are in aprons and chef hats. Sam closes an oven door and looks at Harvey.

Sam says AND THAT'S ALL
THERE IS TO PIES.
ANY QUESTIONS?

Harvey slowly shakes his head. Now, Sam is quickly whisking batter.

He explains
THE MAIN THING IS TO
KEEP A FLEXIBLE WRIST.

Harvey grabs hold of a bowl and whisk. He begins to whisk as the batter splatters over him.

Sam chuckles and says BUT NOT TOO
FLEXIBLE.

A moment later, Harvey is rolling dough and twisting it into convoluted shapes.

Sam asks HOW YOU
COMING OVER THERE?

Harvey mumbles
FINE.

Sam looks at the pastries and says LET'S GO
CHECK ON THE PIES.

Now, Sam is cutting a pie with a knife. He serves Harvey a slice on a plate.

Sam says YOU MADE THIS
YOURSELF.

Harvey holds the plate up to his nose and takes a whiff.

Harvey says OH, NOW I REMEMBER WHY I
LET YOU TALK ME INTO THIS.

The scene changes to Sam handing a tray of food to Pop.

Pop asks
THIS IS FOOD?
WHAT'S YOUR HURRY?

Sam says EVERYTHING'S FINE,
POP, NO PROBLEM.
LOOK, I REALLY HAVE
TO GET SOME SLEEP.

Pop says OKAY, OKAY.
SO, GO.

Sam closes the door behind him. Pop takes a spoonful of his food and makes a face.
The scene changes to Harvey working diligently on fresh pastries.
[timer bell dinging]

Sam is shown talking on the phone. He says LOOK, POP, EVERYTHING'S
FINE HERE.
HOW MANY TIMES DO
I HAVE TO TELL YOU?
WELL, YOU SHOULD
STOP WORRYING.

He places his hand over the receiver and shouts
HARVEY, THE DANISH!

Harvey exclaims
OH!
[timer bell dinging]

Harvey bumps into random trays and bowls of batter and makes a mess on his apron.

He exclaims
AH!
[timer bell dinging]

Sam exclaims
THE DANISH!

Harvey drops a bowl of batter on the floor, turns around and knocks over a tray of pastries.

Harvey shouts
OHHH!

Sam talks into the phone and says NOTHING, POP.
A BOWL, JUST AN
EMPTY BOWL.

Harvey exclaims
AHHH!
COME ON, I NEED
YOUR HELP!

Sam shouts
JUST GET THEM
OUT OF THE OVEN.
YOU CAN DO IT!
[timer bell dinging]

Harvey opens the oven and tries to remove the tray without gloves.

He drops the tray and screams
OW!

Sam says LOOK, POP, I'LL HAVE
TO CALL YOU BACK.
EVERYTHING'S OKAY.

[loud crashes]
Sam surveys the damage and exclaims
WHAT'RE YOU
DOING, HARVEY?!

Harvey is running his hand underneath the faucet.

He exclaims
I THINK IT'S A THIRD
DEGREE BURN, SAM!

Sam says LOOK AT THIS MESS!

Harvey says YOU TALKED ME
INTO IT.

Sam says OH, SURE, BLAME
IT ON ME!

Harvey says IT WAS YOUR IDEA
AND DON'T DENY IT.

Sam says LOOK, JUST BECAUSE
YOU MESS THINGS UP
DON'T TRY TO
BLAME IT ON ME.

Harvey says I NEVER SAID
I COULD DO IT.

Sam shouts
YOU DIDN'T EVEN
TRY, HARVEY!

Harvey says I NEVER GOT UP AT 3 A.M.
IN MY WHOLE LIFE!

Back at home, Mom says OH, STEFAN, THE DOCTOR
SAID TO STAY IN BED!

Pop says I DON'T CARE WHAT
THE DOCTOR SAID!
THERE'S SOMETHING
GOING ON OVER THERE
AND I WANT TO
KNOW WHAT!

He puts on his coat and leaves the room. The scene changes to Harvey cleaning up floor.

Sam says YOU REALLY ARE
HOPELESS, HARV!

Harvey grumbles
IT'S YOUR OWN
DARN FAULT.

Sam shouts
YOU OUGHTA BE LOCKED
AWAY SOMEWHERE.
I'M SERIOUS!
YOU'RE A MENACE
TO SOCIETY.

Harvey says YEAH, WELL,
WHAT ABOUT YOU?!

Sam yells WHAT ABOUT ME?

Harvey shouts
YOU NEVER WOULD'VE
GOT ME INTO THIS MESS
IF YOU'D BEEN HONEST
WITH YOUR DAD!

Sam says LOOK, I WAS TRYING
TO DO YOU A FAVOUR.

Harvey says YEAH, SURE,
SOME FAVOUR!
IT WON'T KILL HIM TO
KNOW HOW YOU FEEL.
HE'S A TOUGH
OLD GEEZER.

Pop enters the store. He hears the commotion and sits down in the store front.

Sam exclaims
I THINK
I KNOW HIM
A LITTLE BETTER
THAN YOU DO.

Harvey says THEN YOU OUGHTA KNOW HE
WON'T KEEL OVER AND DIE
IF YOU TELL HIM YOU DON'T
WANT TO BE A BAKER
THE REST OF YOUR LIFE!

Sam says MAYBE YOU'RE
RIGHT.
I GOT TO
TALK TO HIM.

An image of Pop’s face flashes on the screen.

A black slate appears. It reads "What Next? Career Aspirations."
Music plays as the end credits roll.

Narrator says ON THE LEVEL IS SUPPORTED
BY STATE AND PROVINCIAL
AGENCIES AND THE
CORPORATION FOR PUBLIC
BROADCASTING
THROUGH THE AGENCY
FOR INSTRUCTIONAL
TELEVISION.
TOGETHER SERVING
EDUCATION.

A slate reads "With support from Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Additional support for this secondary school television project."

This program was produced by e.f.c. Educational Film Center. The Northern Virginia Educational Telecommunications Association. Agency for Instructional Television, Copyright 1980."

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